Ashraf suggests Khaleda to return for ‘peaceful politics’

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Dhaka, Jan 5: Ruling Awami League general secretary and public administration minister Syed Ashraful Islam on Tuesday called upon the BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia to practice ‘peaceful politics’ in a bid to take the country forward.

“Come we take the country forward through peaceful politics shunning the path of destruction,” AL general secretary said while addressing a rally to mark the January 5 elections as the victory day of democracy at the city’s Bangabandhu Avenue.

Criticizing BNP’s three-month long movement, Syed Ashraf alleged that BNP chief Khaleda Zia had unleashed a reign of terror in the name of waging political movement since the beginning of the last year where some 64 people were killed and around 1500 people were injured.AL rally

Urging BNP chief Khaleda Zia to take part in the next parliamentary elections, Syed Ashraf assured that the next polls will be held in a free, fair and credible manner for which you [Khaleda] need not to be killed even a single people.

“Why did you [Khaleda] kill innocent people? Had you killed people for restoring democracy? No…actually you killed people for making the country into a failed state,” he said adding that what the BNP leaders and workers had unleashed centering the January 5 issue would not be erased from the minds of the country’s people.

“I hope the country and its democracy will be established on the strong footing under the leadership of Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina,” he said.

He also called upon the party leaders and workers to make the homecoming day of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on January 10, a success.

Addressing the rally, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury urged the BNP chairperson to stay on the path of democracy otherwise she will have to face a dire consequence in near future.

Speaking at the occasion, AL advisory council member and Industries minister Amir Hossain Amu alleged that Khaleda Zia had unleashed the three-month long violent programme in a bid to create a constitutional vacuum in the country.

“But she eventually failed to do so. Democracy has been established in the country through the January 5 polls and now the country is moving ahead under the leadership of PM Sheikh Hasina,” he added.

Among others, AL joint general secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, Food minister adv Quamrul Islam, relief and disaster management affairs minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, organizing secretaries Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and BM Mozammel Haque were also addressed in the rally.